Plush is a new “materials” series by Daniel Hillyard and Doug Wagner, focusing on furries. Or, at the very least, killers in furry costumes. If you know their style, violence comes at you hard and fast, and you’ll feel the cold knife of disturbed minds at work. That goes for the characters, which you get from the first issue.
Plush #1 opens with two friends discussing the tricky situation Devin is in with his cheating fiancée. To help him forget, Levi gets Devin into a spare furry costume, and they’re off partying. Already a bit weird, Devin accidentally happens upon a cannibal murderers and things devolve from there.
The creators are pretty good at defying expectations and hurling new twists and turns as you progress through the issue. By the end, you’ll be questioning whether the characters’ actions and the cruelty people are capable of. That makes it thought-provoking as you try to guess how characters think and act.
The series also treads a line of outlandish weirdness and grounded moments. The idea of furry cannibals is a bit outrageous, to say the least—not to mention they eat a person raw—but when paired with believable characters, you’ll take it in stride.
It’s also easy to connect with the main character as he’s an underdog facing unfair treatment by his fiancée, her dad, and the dude she cheated with. Devin is a bit of a milquetoast sad sack at the start, and one can imagine the night he’s about to have will change him forever. Maybe for the better. Then you have the cop whose fiancée is cheating with playing the part of the bully, making it easy to hate them and the situation Devin is in.
Not quite a horror, not quite a mystery, the story certainly leaves you wanting more info once it’s over. Like with most mysteries, could there be more answers in the first chapter or leads to where this is going? Definitely. You’ll be curious to learn more, but it’s tricky to know what exactly the creators are doing.
Hillyard’s art is exceptionally expressive and pleasing to the eye. The expressions are big but realistic. The fantastical nature of the different materials series benefits from the style as it can shock and awe while feeling grounded.
The materials-themed series continues to be excellent as Daniel Hillyard and Doug Wagner craft another story with the feel of a true crime that’s stranger than fiction. Dark, disturbed, and grounded in reality, Plush will titillate your inner weirdo.
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